Instead of spending Saturday night behind the New York Islanders' bench, coach Jack Capuano found himself in the hospital.
Only a couple of hours before New York's 2-1 loss to the New Jersey Devils, the Isles' coach was driven to a nearby hospital and underwent surgery to remove a kidney stone. With Capuano unable to work, assistant coaches Doug Weight and Brent Thompson were forced to run New York's bench.
"Finally it got to the point where I had to do something," Capuano told the Isles' website. "The doctors determined I had a kidney stone. It's about the most pain I've ever been in."
Capuano stayed in the hospital through the night, undergoing surgery to remove the kidney stone. He attempted to watch the game on the TV, but missed most of it.
Capuano was released Sunday morning and was back at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum for practice, although he wasn't on the ice with the team. New York hosts the Tampa Bay Lightning on Monday in a holiday matinee. He plans to be behind the bench, though if the pain hasn't subsided enough, Weight and Thompson will once again handle the coaching duties.
"We're very familiar with Tampa Bay from the last couple years and what their tendencies are," Capuano said. "(Lightning coach) Guy Boucher does a great job. They're very structured in their system and we have a plan for how to diffuse some of their strengths. We'll go over those things as a staff. I feel very confident in all our coaching staff that if we need a game plan in place, that they can handle it.
"We'll take it from there and just stay on some medication to hopefully clear it up. I've heard of people that have gone through kidney stones, when they talk about the pain, and the sharpness of the pain. Especially now that I know what it feels like, I wouldn't wish it upon anybody."